Australian carrier pigeon : Black Chequer Hen 469
|Title||Australian carrier pigeon : Black Chequer Hen 469|
|Maker||9 Pigeon Section|
|Physical description||Feathers; Animal hide; Aluminium|
|On display||Main building: World War 2 Gallery: Gallery 4|
Mounted skin of a black chequer hen carrier pigeon. The bird bears an aluminium leg ring stamped '469:D (Broad Arrow) D:44'.
This bird was bred in 1944 by No.9 Pigeon Section at Jacquinot Bay, New Britain. Once she was trained she was allocated to Detachment 9 of the Pigeon Section (Type A) attached to 2 Division Signals. The Detachment was assigned to 37/52 Battalion in New Britain. Pigeons were used to carry messages when radio silence was necessary. They were fast, quiet and not easily intercepted. The main risks to the successful conclusion of their missions came from adverse weather conditions or attacks by birds of prey.